Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 13, Issue 2, Article13 (Dec., 2012)
Ai Noi LEE
Development of a parent’s guide for the Singapore primary science curriculum: Empowering parents as facilitators of their children’s science learning outside the formal classrooms

Contents Next


Development of a parent’s guide for the Singapore primary science curriculum: Empowering parents as facilitators of their children’s science learning outside the formal classrooms

 

Ai Noi LEE

Nanyang Technological University/National Institute of Education, SINGAPORE

E-mail: ainoi@yahoo.com


Revised 27 June, 2012


Contents

Abstract

Parents can play a vital and active role in facilitating their childrenís science learning outside the formal classrooms. Parental involvement in their childrenís science learning process not only could enhance their childrenís learning motivation and interest in science, it could also help to strengthen the family bond when parents and children learn together. This paper describes the development of a Primary Science Parentís Guide to complement and support the Singapore Primary Science Curriculum (from primary levels 3 to 6). The guide aims to empower the parents of Singapore primary school children as facilitators of their childrenís science learning to reinforce science concepts and develop their childrenís science process skills, creative thinking and curiosity outside the formal classrooms. In this paper, the author will provide a brief background to and the rationale for the development of the Parentís Guide. Theoretical perspectives underlying its development, implications and potential issues of parental involvement in their childrenís science learning process outside the formal science classrooms will also be discussed.

Keywords: Science learning, informal contexts, parental involvement, creativity, curiosity

 

 


Copyright (C) 2012 HKIEd APFSLT.Volume 13, Issue 2, Article 13 (Dec., 2012). All Rights Reserved.